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Italian Language Foundation

Welcome to the website of the Italian Language Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting and sustaining Italian language education, especially AP Italian, in the United States. Our officers and advisors include members of national educational organizations, all of whom have a deep-seated commitment to education and the language and culture of Italy.

We are committed to the making AP Italian successful, now that it has been reinstated.

The Italian Language Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation qualified by the Internal Revenue Service to receive tax deductible contributions. Join us in learning about Italian language and culture studies.

Look for the upcoming two-day intensive institute for teachers of Italian to prepare them for the teaching of AP Italian.

Attention Student Members - Dante Award for Excellence

We are pleased to announce that once again, the Italian Language Foundation will be offering the Dante Award for Excellence in AP Italian Language & Culture!  This year, with the help of the $10,000 grant from the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, students of AP Italian who are members of the Italian Language Foundation and enrolled in an American or Canadian high school will be eligible to receive the Dante Award for Excellence. Students who score a 4 will receive a $100 award, and students who score a 5 will receive a $200 award. In 2015, students who score a 3 on the exam will also receive a $75 award.  Please be sure to join the Italian Language Foundation as a member!

If you took the AP Italian exam on May 14th, 2015 and wish to be considered for the Dante Award for Excellence, please visit the following link to the College Board’s Score Reporting Services to find out how to send us your AP score report using our college code (7202). College Board score report requests can be sent online, as well as by mail or fax.


Teachers of Italian who are members of the Italian Language Foundation are eligible to participate in free workshops (pay only for refreshments and materials). The ACTFL OPI is being offered to teachers of Italian, courtesy of the Italian Language Foundation. If you are a teacher of Italian at the middle or high school level, please join the Italian Language Foundation to be eligible for these enriching professional development opportunities!

For the second year, the Italian Language Foundation is pleased to offer tuition-free workshops for our teacher members. Sponsored by the Italian Language Foundation, these ACTFL (American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages) full-day workshops are for teachers of Italian at all levels. See below for outline, locations, and dates.

Outline of the Workshop:

*        Understanding characteristics of language needed to move from novice to the intermediate range and from intermediate to the advanced range of performance

*        Designing instruction and assessment to prepare students to reach higher levels of performance

*        Developing literacy strategies across the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational)

Cost:  The workshop is presented through the generosity of the Italian Language Foundation; participants pay a $25 fee for refreshments and materials.

To register:

If you have not yet renewed your teacher membership in the Italian Language Foundation, please do so via this link for a nominal fee of $25.

We look forward to having you participate in these workshops, which will enhance your teaching of Italian.

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Latest News 23 June, 2014

2014 was a banner year for AP Italian! The number of students taking the AP Italian exam rose significantly from last year to 2,457!

The number of AP Italian students is growing, and we encourage you all to apply for the Dante Award for Excellence. Bravo!

Students of AP Italian for the 2014-2015 academic year must register for Membership for the Dante Award.  Membership is free for students.

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Date of the exam
The College Board has published the date of the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam on its web site; it is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2015, after 12.00 PM.
It is not possible to take the exam on dates different from the one indicated by the College Board.
For more information see:

Home Schooled Students: How to take the exam.
All students interested in the Italian AP exam who have not attended an AP Italian course can take the exam following these steps:
1. Exams must be ordered and administered in schools approved by the College Board:
2. Students should contact AP Services no later than March 1st to obtain contact information for approved schools;
3. Student should be in contact with the school in which they want to take the exam no later than March 15th;
4. For all related questions, students should contact AP Services:
Phone: 888 225-5427 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) or 609 771-7300

For more information see: